The Scottish Parliament visited the humanities faculty this week to engage our Higher politics and modern studies classes in a live parliamentary debating session. Pupils discussed and voted on a bill about raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility from 8 to 12. This bill is currently being debated in parliament – the current age of criminal responsibility for children in Scotland is 8 years old and a bill has been proposed to change the law by increasing the age to 12 years. Our pupils researched the facts, debated their opinions and each was given a live vote that directly fed into the parliamentary committee. Mrs Brownlee was delighted with the dedication and mature opinion displayed by our pupils during this consultation and we are all interested to see how the bill progresses, particularly as we had direct influence at the committee level.
Politics in action!